Denise Laurel couldn't believe her luck on being chosen to present the Hall of Fame award to Francis Magalona at the recently concluded NU 107 Rock Awards held last October 30 at the World Trade Center in Pasay City.
The posthumous awarding was witnessed by Francis M's immediate family led by his wife, Pia Arroyo-Magalona. To complete the tribute, Pupil vocalist Ely Buendia performed alongside Magalona's son, Elmo. The two dished out "Higante"—one of the few songs recorded by Francis before he succumbed to leukemia on March 6, 2009. The song, as well as its accompanying video, was released posthumously.
PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) was able to talk to Denise last night, November 5, at the official launch of Ocean Minded concept store at the 4th level of SM Mega Atrium, SM Megamall in Mandaluyong City.
"It was such an honor," said Denise, adding that she constantly expressed gratitude to Director Quark Henares (son of NU 107 boss, Atom Henares) for giving her the assignment.
"I was so touched and I was so dyahe kasi 'yong ibang mga presenters, apat o lima sila sa isang stage, e ako mag-isa lang and one representative from NU. It's my first time to meet Ms. Pia but her children donated Francis Magalona's operation money to this child I was helping. So, more than just meeting Pia, I also had the chance to say thank you to her as well."
REACHING OUT. The typhoons that recently hit the country encouraged Denise to extend a helping hand to those affected by the calamity. In light of the disaster and its long-term effects, the young actress encouraged everyone to keep reaching out to the less fortunate.
"There's only so much that we can do but it doesn't mean we should stop there... It doesn't mean we should limit ourselves because even that small thing can go a long way if we just continue giving. It is bad that it happened to our country but at the same time it is also nice that we were able to prove that we're capable of uniting and acting as one."
Aside from allotting precious time to charity, Denise also keeps herself occupied with a film project. She is included in the cast of Vic Sotto's upcoming entry to the Metro Manila Film Festival, Ang Darling Kong Aswang.
"We're still shooting, the other day nga I have a black eye kasi I do my own stunts. I rammed into a tree kasi naka-harness kami, ang dami kong gasgas that's why I'm always in sleeves."
Denise, who is the granddaughter of former vice-president Salvador Laurel, said she's fully aware of Vic's impressive track record in the MMFF as shown by the runaway box-office success of the Enteng Kabisote series.
"Nervous, siyempre," said Denise when asked about the pressure of living up to Vic's reputation in the annual festival. "Pero masaya naman kasi siya ka-trabaho kaya hindi mo na din maiisip 'yon. Sobrang gaan ng feeling sa set, puro kami adlibs and everybody's having a good time kaya okay lang,"